Sunday, June 5, 2016

Looking to China for higher education

 By LIDAR GRAVÉ-LAZI

THE JERUSALEM POST \  05/11/2016

In recent years a new age of globalization of higher education has Israel looking east, and forging unprecedented education collaborations with China.

 For decades Israel has looked to the West for higher education initiatives, student exchanges and research collaborations.  In recent years, however, a new age of globalization of higher education has Israel looking east, and forging unprecedented education collaborations with China.  At the forefront of this newly developing partnership, the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology remains poised to open the first Israeli higher academic institution in China.   Speaking to The Jerusalem Post, Prof.  Peretz Lavie, president of the Technion and head of the Association of University Heads in Israel (VERA), discussed the internationalization of higher education and the new trend in the academic world of partnering with China.  “China is undergoing a major change in its economy, in its urbanization and particularly in its education,” Lavie told the Post.   “The Chinese invest unbelievable amounts of money in their universities; they are undergoing an education revolution,” he said.  As part of this revolution, which has seen numerous universities around the world take part, the Technion will open the Guangdong Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (GTIIT) in Shantou, in the Guangdong province in southeastern China.

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